Issue 6 Contributors:
Aimee Herman is the author of two books of poetry, meant to wake up feeling and to go without blinking and currently teaches creative writing and literature in the Bronx.
Janelle Greco is a full-time director at a non-profit where they teach job skills and occupational training to homeless and formerly incarcerated men.
Alexandra Naughton is the editor-in-chief of Be About It press and the author of several books.
Larissa Hauck expands on the feminine grotesque as a site for empathy, identity and intimacy. By manipulating and fragmenting the figure she intends to expose the flesh as a narrative of memory and experience, a stagnant moment of transformation. The viewer’s gaze into the life of each figure ends abruptly at their skin; with this knowledge in mind she alters the images to encourage the viewer’s empathy in order for them to bring a part of themselves into their understanding. Through juxtaposition she considers the relationship motif between femininity and nature, thus creating an impression of metamorphosis and an idealized fairy-tale creature. By controlling each body she references the social constraints and archetypes of femininity & girlhood. Her meticulously painted images evoke an uncanny sensation of intimate history and female identity.
Layla Al-Bedawi is a writer and freelance translator living in Houston, TX. She is originally from Germany; English is her third language, but she’s been dreaming in it for years. Her work has appeared in The Molotov Cocktail and Our Space: Shorts & Poetry from the Houston Community.
Alexandra Romanyshyn is an emerging poet, who graduated from DeSales University. She addresses sensitive topics, from anorexia to sexuality.
Clare Hagan’s fiction has appeared in The White Squirrel and her poetry has appeared in Ariel. She is currently pursuing a degree in English and Philosophy at Bellarmine University.
Anniken Davenport holds a Masters of Writing from Johns Hopkins with a dual fiction and nonfiction concentration. Their work has appeared in Harrisburg Magazine and Pennsylvania Lawyer.
Bill Wolak is a poet, photographer, and collage artist. His collages have been published in The Annual, Peculiar Mormyrid, Danse Macabre, Dirty Chai, Hermeneutic Chaos Literary Journal, Lost Coast Review, Yellow Chair Review, Otis Nebula, and Horror Sleaze Trash. He has just published his twelfth book of poetry entitled Love Opens the Hands (Nirala Press). Recently, he was a featured poet at The Hyderabad Literary Festival. Mr. Wolak teaches Creative Writing at William Paterson University in New Jersey.
Carolyn Stice received her PhD in Poetry from the University of Tennessee Knoxville and she currently lives in Fairbanks, Alaska where she reaches writing and literature at the university. Her work has appeared in a variety of journals including Cutthroat, Stirrings, and The Alaska Quarterly Review.
Emmett Haq is an MFA candidate and teaching assistant at Stony Brook Southampton in Southampton, NY. He’s studied under Ted Pelton and Susan Scarf Merrell and is a former editor for Starcherone Books. His work has also appeared in Portland Review, Mandala Journal, Gandy Dancer, SLAB Literary Magazine, and Many Mountains Moving. He currently does freelance editing work while teaching classes and (supposedly) completing his thesis.
Courtney Marie is a writer currently residing in Denton, Texas. She is a copywriter by day, and otherwise an avid reader, book collector, and cat person.
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Dorothy Chan was a 2014 finalist for the Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Blackbird, Plume, Spillway, Day One, and The Great American Poetry Show. In 2012, The Writing Disorder nominated her poem, “Ikebukuro Train Rides” for a Pushcart. In Fall 2015, she will begin her PhD in Creative Writing: poetry at Florida State University.
Elizabeth Yalkut is a writer in New York City, who graduated from Emma Willard School and Barnard College, Columbia University. Her poetry has most recently appeared in paper nautilus and Lunch Ticket, was nominated for the 2014 Best of the Net Anthology, and is forthcoming in Pine Hills and Tule Review.
Eric Allen Yankee is a member of the Revolutionary Poets Brigade Chicago. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in the People’s Tribune, Crab Fat, CC&D, and Sweet Wolverine.
Vivian Calderón Bogoslavsky is a Colombia Native born to Argentinian parents. She holds a bachelor’s in anthropology with a minor in history and a postgraduate degree in Journalism from Universidad of Los Andes in Bogota, Colombia. She has studied art for over 13 years with a well know Argentinian art master as well as studies in Florence, Italy, and Fine Arts & Design in USA. Today she is in Madrid Spain exploring her art.
Mark Rosenbaum is a New York native who now lives in Southern California and misses the taste of real pizza and good deli food. His most recent eclectic ramblings appear in The Emerge Literary Journal, The EEEL, The Raleigh Review and Maudlin House.
Gary Charles Wilkens, Assistant Professor of English at Norfolk State University, is the winner of the 2006 Texas Review Breakthrough Poetry Prize for his first book, The Red Light Was My Mind. His poems have appeared in more than 50 online and print venues, among them The Texas Review, The Cortland Review, the Adirondack Review, The Prague Revue, and The Southern Poetry Anthology, Volume II.
Hadassah Grace is a writer and performer living in Wellington, NZ. During the day she writes poetry and drinks too much coffee, and at night she takes her clothes off to pay the bills. Her writing explores sex, politics and sexual politics. She’s a high school dropout, but she’s never burned a single kernel of popcorn.
Emily Blair, a recent graduate from Virginia Tech and a rising first-year Master’s student in English at the University of Louisville, has had poetry published in Maudlin House, Green Blotter, The Vehicle, The Roanoke Review, Prairie Margins, Philologia, and forthcoming in The New Old Stock, Otis Nebula, and Dirty Chai. She hopes in the next year to continue writing poetry, learn how to hard-boil an egg, and adopt a plant or two.
Hannah Sattler does things and stuff. Her current project is filming a series of Taylor Swift music videos featuring a horse-headed love interest. It’s going to be fantastic.
Kim Hunter-Perkins’s work has appeared in Sow’s Ear, HLFG, Off the Rocks, and others. She is currently Editor of The Prompt magazine.
Kenneth Pobo has a new book of poems forthcoming from Blue Light Press called Bend Of Quiet. His collection of micro-fiction, Tiny Torn Maps, came out from Deadly Chaps in 2011.
James Freitas is an undergraduate student of English at Santa Clara University. His poetry is an attempt at bottling anguish, penetrating human facades, and capturing moments.
Isaac Hunt currently lives in eastern Iowa with his wife and children and works for the state of Iowa. He grew up in West Central Illinois and graduated from Western Illinois University in 2010. His have currently published two short stories with the online literary magazine spankthecarp.com and is a contributor to the humorous creative writing website www.uknumbscull.com.
Keith Gaboury graduated with a M.F.A. in creative writing from Emerson College in 2013. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Write From Wrong Online Literary Magazine, Oddball Magazine, Boston Poetry Magazine, and Barely South Review. In 2011, he co-founded a social justice-themed online literary magazine, Words Apart.
L.B. Sedlacek’s poetry has appeared in publications such as Aoife’s Kiss, Tales of the Talisman, Would that it Were, Pure Francis, Illumen, The Broad River Review, Main Street Rag, Third Wednesday, Mastodon Dentist, Big Pulp, and others. She publishes a free poetry newsletter resource for poets and is also a former Poetry Editor for ESC! Magazine.
Lori England is from Glasgow, Scotland and is currently studying English Literature and Creative Writing with the Open University.
Mandee Driggers is a red-headed mermaid with legs. She spends her time in the Midwest writing poetry and drinking too much coffee like every other English major. She is passionate about social justice, crafting, and building intentional queer family.
Jason S. Parker studied Creative Writing under Robert Krut at Georgia State University in the early 2000s. Since then he’s been a direct response copywriter who enjoys writing experimental literary fiction on the side. He lives in Limestone, Tennessee with his wife and three dogs.
Mark Blickley is a widely published author of fiction, non-fiction, drama and poetry. His most current book is the story collection Sacred Misfits (Red Hen Press) and his play Bed Bugs & Beyond is currently running in NYC.
Amy Bassin is a New York based fine arts photographer and co-founder of the international artists collective, Urban Dialogue.
Mica Evans is a recent graduate of Bennington College, where they had the pleasure of studying with Michael Dumanis, Mark Wunderlich, Monica Youn, and Alex Dimitrov. Before beginning MFA applications in the Fall, Mica is excited to be participating in the Bennington Writing Fellowship, Skidmore Writer’s Institute, and Ashbery Home School. Their work has been published in Cleaver Magazine, the Academy of American Poets, and SILO.
Nathaniel Duggan is a dual Creative Writing and English major at the University of Maine at Farmington. He is the Assistant Editor for the Sandy River Review. His work has appeared in Rust+Moth. He enjoys writing about crustaceans and other things that habitually crawl across the ocean floor.
Adorable Monique received art instruction abroad in fine arts where she was given merit awards and the opportunity to exhibit solo and collectively, which has offered new opportunities and irreplaceable experiences. Growing up surrounded by different cultures has enriched her overall view of life. She is continuously pursuing success in personal, professional, and artistic endeavors as well as in artistic education and the artistic experience itself.
Stephanie J. Cleary is a Writer’s Workshop student at the University of Nebraska in Omaha. Her work been published or is forthcoming in The 13th Floor, The Metropolitan, Nature’s Companion, NEBRASKAland Magazine, Gravel, and These Fragile Lilacs. She reads books like an addict, loves the Fourth of July, and makes the best egg-salad sandwiches on the planet.
Steven Alvarez’s writing speaks to the contemporary borderlands experience, amid current immigration debates that touch so many lives in the United States beyond the Southwestin the twenty-first century. He is the son of Mexican immigrants, and he grew up in southern Arizona. His aesthetic reflects his hyphenated American identity, and his Neo-Baroque Xicano experimentalism.
Gregory M. Fox is an author, artist, and educator from South Bend, IN. He received a BA in English Literature from Bethel College and a MA in History and Culture from Drew University. His work has appeared in The Vocabula Review, Animal Literary Magazine, and Haunted Waters Press. He has also published an ebook, A Breath of Fiction, a collection of 200 flash fiction stories, each 200 words long from his blog of the same name.
Tatiana Saleh: bio unavailable